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final. the leak sending shockwaves across the country. protests erupting outside the court. chief justice roberts calling the leak an egregious breach of trust and ordering an investigation. president biden slamming the draft as radical. the question tonight, what would america without roe look like? also tonight, the first group of about 100 vaccine east from that mariupol steel plant making to safer ground but russia resfwlumg attacks on the complex where hundreds remain trapped. our team inside ukraine. new images inside the alabama jail where a corrections officer is accused of helping an inmate escape the special relationship the sheriff says the two had. voters going to the polls in ohio. how it's pitting donald trump's hold over the gop to the test. and using the glass that people throw away to protect the environment. the innovative recycling mission inspiring america. >> announcer: this is
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"nbc nightly news" with lester holt good evening the political landscape rumbling loudly after the explosive leak of a draft supreme court opinion overturning roe v. wade. the landmark decision that established the constitutional right to abortions in this country. the draft obtained and posted online by politico while such a decision by the conservative leaning court has been widely expected, the magnitude and nature of the leak itself is another story. chief justice john roberts today confirming the draft was genuine, but calling the leak a breach of trust and ordering an investigation into who did it the decision a sharply worded takedown of roe v. wade has abortion opponents celebrating tonight while leaving abortion rights supporters angry and worried. if a decision carries, legalizing abortions would be left to the states tonight roughly half poised to declare the procedure illegal. there is a lot to
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unpack here tonight. justice correspondent pete williams has more >> reporter: demonstrators flocked to the supreme court shortly after politico broke the news monday night, an unprecedented leak of an entire draft opinion in one the court's most consequential cases saying roe v. wade should be overruled. written by justice samuel alito it says there is no support for roe in any part of the constitution and, quote, a right to abortion is not deeply rooted in the nation's history and traditions the authority to decide whether abortion is legal, he says, should be left to the people and their elected representatives. while the publication of the draft is a shock, the conclusion of the draft shouldn't be it was apparent when the case was argued december 1 that at least five justices were prepared to overturn roe, including justice alito, who was an aggressive questioner. >> can it be said that the right to abortion is deeply root inside t history and traditions of the american people
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>> reporter: the draft opinion says because abortion involves taking the life of a fetus it's in a class of itself, striking town roe, he writes, would not undercut other constitutional protections for interracial and same-sex marriage. after declining comment, the supreme court confirmed 15 hours after the draft was published it was authentic. chief justice roberts launched an immediate investigation of who leaked it. he called the leak a singular and egregious breach of trust and said if it was intended to undermine the integrity of the court's operations it will not succeed the work of the court, he said, will not be affected in any way. but the court is now in turmoil with suspicion that one of the court's law clerks might have been the leaker >> this never happened in american history and the court pay never be the same with the trust between the justices and law clerks because it is only been about trust. >> reporter: the case at issue involves the fate of a mississippi law passed in 2018 but so far blocked by a lawsuit that would ban abortion after 15
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weeks of pregnancy lower courts said it would violate the scored's abortion precedence beginning with roe in 1973 that say states cannot ban abortion before the age of fetal viability, around 23 weeks into the pregnancy. a decision in the case was expected by late june. >> pete, how does the court plan to proceed in investigating this leak >> chief justice roberts has given assignment to gail conway, the court's marshall, chief security officer leak investigators are never easy could lead to new security measures, lester, with a lot of packs here tonight. >> we can hear it. thanks some states are not waiting for the court to strike down roe v. wade oklahoma's governor signed a bill banning abortions there after six weeks of pregnancy. stephanie gosk on how this could play out across the country >> reporter: it is not a final decision much of today's
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reaction to the supreme court imagines the day it will be there are those celebrating. >> life is precious. it's a miracle it certainly is a dramatic moment, yes roe has been enormously enormously controversial for 50 years. >> reporter: others worry what this will mean. >> heartbreaking and as a woman who has benefitted from roe v. wade but also as a health care provider, this is an attack on women. >> the decision to make abortions illegal will not stop them from happening it will only stop them from happening safely. >> reporter: should roe v. wade be overturned 25 states will likely ban abortion 13 have trigger laws mean it will be immediately outlawed some states are looking to strengthen access a recent bill passed in connecticut expands the list of professionals who can perform abortions and protects from out of state lawsuits or criminal charges. >> our clients are traveling 1338 miles
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round trip. >> reporter: the fund texas choice groups helps women. texas passed a law in september banning the procedure after six weeks. you have been inundated with calls since that law went effect >> it's been unstayst sustain. >> >> reporter: the vast majority eking help are low-income, black or latino. some have been crossing state lines to mississippi. >> some weeks six days a week. >> reporter: this clinic at the heart of the supreme court case >> we are looking into opening a facility right now in new mexico that will be one of the states where patients will still be able to obtain an abortion. >> reporter: your organization is actually looking to set up new clinics in other states >> correct we are not going to just walk away from this. >> reporter: what will happen to the women, many low-income, who every year get abortion? in states like mississippi, texas,
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places like that >> we are going to continue to focus on those women, focusing on the humanity of those women and of providing them with holistic life affirming options to make sure that they get access to the resources and help that they need. >> reporter: while roughly half of states get ready to meet higher demand for abortions it is an issue that long divided the country and if roe v. wade is overturned those divisions may grow deeper stephanie gosk, nbc news, new york. >> the political fall kraut from that leaked draft was immediate. president biden saying if enacted it would be a radical decision but many republicans blasting that breach of supreme court confidentiality. now it could become a key issue in midterm elections. peter alexander at the white house. >> reporter: tonight president biden slamming the court's leaked draft opinion that would overturn roe v. wade. >> if this decision holds, it's really quite a radical decision i hope there are not
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enough votes for it. >> reporter: the president saying it throws into question rights including same-sex marriage. >> it's a fundamental shift. >> reporter: the bombshell propelling abortion rights into the midterm spotlight an election set to be dominated by rising inflation and the economy. now democrats are aiming to hold a senate vote to guarantee abortion remains legal nationwide >> i am here because the united states congress can change all of this. >> reporter: but their options are limited without 60 votes to pass it or enough democratic votes to change senate rules. >> i think the codification of roe makes a lot of sense. >> reporter: still the president tonight would not say if he would support scrapping the filibuster the draft opinion also a surprise to some republicans. >> it rocks my confidence in the court right now. >> reporter: with another accusing two conservative justices of betraying their previous pledges about row.
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>> senator, i said that it's settled as a precedent of the supreme court. >> reporter: susan collins saying if finalized it would be completely inconsistent with what justice gorsuch and justice kavanaugh said most republicans are blasting the stunning breach of supreme court confidentiality insisting the leaker should be punished >> this is the consequence of the democrats rabidly partisan effort to undermine the court, to attack the court. >> reporter: noting if roe is overturned abortion would not be outlawed, but states would decide whether it should be legal. >> this is going to push the conversation back to the people rather than un-elected judges. >> now democrats are trying to turn this into a major election issue. what's that look like? >> yeah, that's right. with democrats fearing a possible wipeout in the midterms, a biden advisor says this threat to abortion rights is an opportunity to reenergize their base. the president saying it will fall on voters
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to elect pro abortion rights lawmakers. >> thank you. let's turn to the war in ukraine now and the desperate civilians finally abe to get out of that besieged mariupol steel plant making to safer ground matt bradley has their stories. >> reporter: after so much darkness, they are final ly stepping into ithe light. evacuated by bus from the minneariupol steel plant where they were surrounded by russian forces, tonight mainly women and children looked dazed, exhausted, relieved. these are the first arrivals coming from under that azovstal steel plant and they have been bombarded for months and while they are safe now their journey is just beginning. a two-day ceasefire brokered by the u.n. allowed roughly 100 civilians, including about 20 children, to to escape the plant. we met a 14 yrpder-14-year-old and his brother. their father is in the
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plant. the last ukrainian stronghold in the city, they say he had to stay and fight. what did your father tell you when you left he said we would need each other soon, he told me. their mother is grateful to be fwith free with her children i hope our warriors win, she said. it took away our past lives. it took everything tonight russian forces resume res resumed their assault on the plant ukrainian authorities say 100,000 civilians remain in mariupol a city in ruins, including tatyana, who can hear the explosions behind her. i don't know where to go at all, she says. everything is destroyed. everything is broke chblt. tonight with the reports that the russians are storming the plant again, mariupol's mayor saying there is still 200 civilians left inside lester. >> all right matt bradley with the update from ukraine.
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thank you. and the biden administration now says brittney griner, the wnba star who has been held by russia since february, is being wrongfully detained the state department will now work more aggressively for griner's release russia says oil derived from cannabis was found in her bag at an airport. here at home we are learning much more tonight about that inmate who escaped in alabama and his relationship with the corrections officer who disappeared with him. sam brock has late details. >> reporter: tonight a murder suspect seen here on surveillance video for the first time leaving jail with his corrections officer, vicky white officials now confirming a special relationshipthe two who have on the run for five days now making the small city of florence, alabama -- >> i think she fell in love with him and she is off. >> reporter: suddenly the epicenter of a massive manhunt. >> for this town, yeah, this is way out there. >> reporter: the 6'9" 260 pound casey white commanding a $10,000
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reward from the u.s. marshal's service. there is also a warrant for vicky white's arrest on charges of permitting and aiding the escape. the sheriff's office citing inmate stitips and independent sources for the wromance. questions remain how long this romance came on as casey white came to this jail over the course of years. officials say the couple fled in a copper 2007 ford edge. beyond the shock - >> her track record was crispy clean not a blemish in 17 careers. >> reporter: adding to the mystery, in april she sold her four plus acre property for over $95,000 or a third of the projected value based on industry research. >> you would think someone that would sell a piece of property for less than half of what it's valued would be desperate for some cash. >> reporter: potential red flags over the back story of this
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brash and calculated escape sam brock, nbc news florence. in 60 seconds, the first big test of the midterms and donald trump's pow over the republican party unfolding tonight.
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former president donald trump power as a gop king maker is being put to the test tonight. can he still swing tight races? vaughn hilliard is in ohio for the start of a contentious midterm primary season. >> reporter: the first major test of trump's political influence post-presidency. today in ohio, how much credit will trump deserve if you pull off the win? >> a lot. >> reporter: j.d. vance jumping to first place in the polls after winning over donald trump's endorsement last month. >> we have to put j.d. vance in the u.s. senate. >> trump put his backing behind j.d. vance. that proves to be a big deal for me and -- >> did you change your mind when? >> about a week and a half ago. >> reporter: but the crowded republican
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race is close in the final hours. state lawmaker matt dolan a dark horse, the one candidate to draw trump's ire. >> my opponents took a different tact, went for one vote. >> reporter: saying the gop should move past trump's 2020 election conspiracies. >> if you think he should move on, raise your hand? dolby is the only one who raised his hand. >> this is one of the first opportunities to sort of make our side of the party have their voices heard. >> reporter: trump over the weekend mocking what he said would be the reaction to vance or his other endorsed candidates in other states losing. >> they are going to say trump was humiliated he was humiliated. >> reporter: the republican winner here expected to face congressman tim ryan on the other side of the state. >> trump won this state by eight points. how do you close the gap? >> campaign. we have been to all 88 counties
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we have a straightforward economic message. >> reporter: for trump this republican primary is just the first of several tests this month he will campaign later this week in pennsylvania with dr. mehmet oz. lester. >> vaughn hilliard, thank you. next, the sting of inflation. how so many are cutting back
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under district attorney gascón, i prosecuted car break-ins. all repeat offenders, often in organized crime rings. but when chesa boudin took office, he dissolved the unit and stopped me from collaborating with the police on my cases. now home and car break-ins are on the rise because repeat offenders know they can get away with it.
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chesa boudin is failing to do his job. there's a better way to keep san francisco safe. recall chesa boudin now. . a remarkable report on jobs today a record 4.5 million americans quit their jobs in march. many of them confident they can find better opportunities elsewhere. and that has led to another record
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11.5 million job openings that translates to an unprecedented two job openings for every person who is unemployed for many americans the top issue right now is inflation. to get it under control, the federal reserve is expected to raise interest rates tomorrow as many people are scaling back on spending jo ling kent tells us more >> reporter: sarah is exhausted by rising prices. >> it's been difficult. my grocery bills are getting larger. >> reporter: the single mom in yonkers, new york, started a new job after being laid off in the pandemic but with inflation at 8.5% and an 11-year-old son, what kind of changes have you had to make? >> we are having less meat less fresh vegetables because they are a little bit more expensive. >> reporter: in a new online politics in ten shoppers decided not to purchase an item because it was too sprenz or wait until the price went down. major brands are
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feeling the pain 1-800-flowers says customers are spending less on some bouquets. >> to consumers are tightening a little bit in those everyday just because occasions. >> reporter: are you bracing for plainflation to get worse >> we need to brace for it to get worse and prepare for that the last thing we want to do is have to pass costs on to the consumer. >> reporter: with an interest rate hike anticipated tomorrow, the federal reserve is trying to cool off demand and slow inflation. >> we need consumer spending to shoven the more people feel comfortable going back to work, the faster our economy can get back to normal. >> reporter: she says it can't come soon enough. >> just because of what i and my son have been through in the last year on top of prices rising, the whole thing is just made me weary. >> reporter: jo ling kent, nbc news, los angeles. and up next, there is using glass bottles to fight the effects
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of climate change and inspiring america.
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it's inspiring america week and tonight the startup turning the glass that people throw away into a means of protecting
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the environment. here's blayne alexander. >> reporter: in the heart of this new orleans neighborhood millions of glass bottles are sorted, scooped, shattered and recycled glass half full is the brainchild of max sites and fran troutman, college friends shocked to realize the city has no curbside glass recycling policeman. this idea game to you while you were still in college >> correct we didn't feel like we could wait. >> reporter: they collected bottles in the backyard now they are running a 40,000 square foot facility all of these are filled with glass? >> yeah, from like one dropoff day. >> reporter: so far they diverted more than 2 million pounds of glass away from landfills. but turns out the bottles second life is even more impressive >> take a feeling of that i can't believe it's
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glass. >> reporter: is like powder the sand-like product fills up bags for hurricane prep and the coarser variety spread on the louisiana shore to help replenish the disappearing coast. >> louisiana is one of the most susceptible to climate change. so we need to be thinking outside of the box and doing things differently than we have before. >> reporter: across the state, thousands agree. >> i am here with a collection of my parents and their friends glass. so it's nice to see it helping out. >> a lot of people don't think about where their waste is going. that's something we are trying change. >> reporter: cheers to that blayne alexander, nbc news, new orleans. and don't miss the 2022 inspiration list this saturday on nbc, msnbc, and cnbc and sunday on telemundo and across streaming platforms. that's "nightly news." thanks for watching, everyone please take care of yourself and each other. good night
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i'm raj mathai. next on nbc bay area news tonight, will abortion laws change here in california? the supreme court leak indicating justices will overturn roe v. wade. >> if the court overturns roe v. wade, it will be a direct assault on freedom. >> whoever did this leak should be prosecuted. >> the reaction is polarizing and passionate. a lot is at stake. we're going to take you live to the protests and rallies across the country. plus, a dangerous stunt on san francisco's tallest building. what's the deal with the man who scaled a salesforce tower and then got busted by sfpd? and people still moving out of california. we'll break down what the new data reveals


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